Happy as Lazzaro
Saturday, December 29, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. 2018, 125 mins. DCP. In Italian with English subtitles. With Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Luca Chikovani, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López. On a tobacco plantation in an isolated part of central Italy, a wealthy noblewoman extended the practice of sharecropping years after it was abolished, keeping her unpaid laborers in the dark about their rights in the outside world. Disillusioned with the exploitation on the estate, a young nobleman enlists a good-hearted peasant, Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo), in a plan to end the cycle. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from the wildly talented Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders, Corpo Celeste) is a cinematic fable shot on 16mm, pitched somewhere between timeless pastoralism and contemporary life, combining magical realism and social commentary, and featuring an affable anytime everyman who’s one of the year’s most indelible creations.
“This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic.”—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
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